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Gong Show

Gordo gets his snapping hat on at those food and drink awards

Written by . Published on January 14th 2010.


Gong Show

Gordo was asked to cover the Liverpool Food and Drink Awards 2009 last night (Monday) by the Editor who was otherwise engaged. What on, who can tell? You never know with Angie. Someone once whispered pentangles and sixes.The ceremony was held in the Pan Am club, previous owner is Gordo’s drinking pal, the delightful, but somewhat fleet-of-foot Karen Guttman.

The awards are in their inaugural year and organised by SK Events, whose gaffer is Denise Harris. Apart from being dead fit, Denise has done well bringing Liverpool’s improving food and drink community together; it must have been like herding cats dragging this lot away from the bar.

Below you will find Gordo’s snapshots of the punters.

OK, the important bit: Who won what

Favourite restaurant
Italian Club Fish
Delifonseca
60 Hope Street

Winner: Italian Club Fish

Favourite Bar
London Carriage Works
Alma de Cuba
Chameleon

Winner: London Carriageworks

Best establishment/individual in promoting the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival

Winner: Vince Margiotta from Il Forno

Friendliest staff
Sapporo Teppanyaki
The Quarter
Spire

Winner: Sapporo Teppanyaki

Best toilets (blimey!)
Chaophraya
Malmaison
Blue Bar and Grill

Winner: Chaophraya

Restaurant of Excellence
Delifonseca
HoSt
Gulshan

Winner: Delifonseca

Best value for money restaurant
Quarter
Keiths Wine Bar
The Monroe

Winner: Quarter

Most Family Friendly Restaurant
What's Cooking?
Wagamama
Blackburn House

Winner What’s Cooking

Best stall at the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival launch
Malmaison
Lunya
Delifonseca

Winner: Malmaison

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Mr ClackSeptember 23rd 2009.

How come my friend Mrs Hewitt didn't get a mention for her award winning home-made fudge? Is it just snobbery because the award was given by the Liverpool Preservation Trust, rather than some foodies? Well if it is good enough to be used as the cheap replacement cladding for the ichronic X Museum it at least deserved a mention.

AnonymousSeptember 23rd 2009.

What's Sid doing in there right up on the top right?

Wavy GravySeptember 23rd 2009.

There are one or two cases of bog eye, but mainly everyone looks pissed.

peter panSeptember 23rd 2009.

I think it was a good idea to have the food & drink festival awards, and I really enjoyed the party where everybody was feeling the relaxation after all the hard work in Sefton Park. I think the format should be rethink for next year because the festival on its 2nd year, brought newcomers (excited with the 1st year's sucess), that completly swallowed the small pioners of this event. A restaurant that serves 400 people in an evening, can bring much more voters online than a small one. But that, does not mean is better. Why not creat a small leage prizes for next festival edition?Also, all the sponsers are need to help building this magnific event, but they should not be allowed in the awards, because they are having extra publicity, throught their priveliged position.Tara

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